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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Get a Better Basketball Shot

When it comes to someone who is working on their shot, I think this quote is a great way to explain why the fundamentals are so important. Michael Jordan is the best player to ever play the game of basketball. He has nothing but respect for the game and want players to achieve success the right way. With that being said there are several different aspects to shooting the ball and all must be done correctly if a player is to become a great shooting. The perfect formula when teaching the art of shooting has to do with BEEF. Let me explain…

BEEF is an acronym that stands for balance, eyes, elbow, follow-through. This is a strategy used everywhere to teach good shoot form and is an extremely effective strategy.

B – Balance

Balance is extremely important when shooting the basketball. A player’s feet should be shoulder width apart when they prepare to shoot. This gives the perfect amount of balance on each side of the body. With the knees bent, one foot should be a little in front of the other. The foot that should be in front is the one that is one the same side as the player’s shooting hand. (If you shoot right handed, your right foot should be a little in front) Not only is this good for your aiming but it gives you a good aspect of where your feet should be pointing, at the basket! From here you should be balance and bent down ready to move on to the next step.

E – Eyes

Bent in position holding the ball, you know need to use to eyes to look at the basket. Yes, this seems like it should go without explanation, however there is a little more to it than that. The eyes are your greatest tool for aiming the ball and you would think most people know they should look at the basket when the shoot, but it needs to be more specific than that. Players who are great shooters do not just aim at that orange ring up on the backboard, they pick an even smaller part on the rim to look at. This results in a more precise aim and results in more accurate shots. I have always been taught to shoot at the inside of the rim right in the middle, I know some people who are taught to aim at the front of the rim. I do not really agree with that because if you aim at the front of the rim you will hit the front of the rim and it won’t go it. With that being said I recommend aiming at the inside back of it.

E- Elbow

At this point you are balanced and looking at the right part of the rim. Now it is time to start shooting. The most common mistake for players who have bad shots is they do not keep their shooting elbow in. The reason for this is because keeping your elbow in takes a little bit more of an effort (at least at the beginning, until you get used to it). However, people who do take the time to be conscious about it will see that they are able to get more power in their shot because they have more muscle pushing the ball. While you jump off of both feet, tucking your elbow in you want to push the ball in the air toward the rim, don’t forget to keep your eyes on the rim!!

F – Follow Through

Almost done with your shot but there is still one last part… the follow through. This was the part I had the most trouble with when I played. It is important that your hand points to the rim when you are releasing the ball. Not only do you want it to point at the rim, but you want your arm to be extended and your hand to stay high up in the air. At the end of your shot your aim should be basically straight up and down. My problem was that after my shot my arm would be pointed toward the rim, instead of straight up. This importance of having your hand straight up is because it affects the arch on your shot. You want to have a high arch on your shot because it creates a better chance of your shot going in the basket if it is coming from higher up. Holding your follow through a few seconds after each shot is important because it is a good way to assess how you are shooting and to ensure you are following though the right way.

About Winning a Marathon Medal

First, it is important to establish the distance you are going to run. If you are in good shape, then you may consider the full marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers. However, if you are not in good shape, then it may be better to consider a half-marathon. However, even the half-marathon is not easy to achieve. It is important to begin training for it so that you will be able to compete well.

People consider entering a marathon for many reasons; some people want to challenge themselves, some wish to become healthier, and others strive to win the marathon medals. These tips will help you, regardless of your reasons.

1. It is important to concentrate on practicing, instead of trying to achieve perfection. You can set a goal; however, it is important to inch closer to the goal every day. Start off training small, for only for fifteen minutes a day. Then, you can kick it up a notch, every other week. Similarly, you can focus on running a reachable distance when you are first starting out. From there, you can concentrate on improving.

2. Additionally, it is important to set a goal for yourself so that you can try to achieve it. You have to take into account your own physical standards, of course. It is also necessary to ensure that the goal you are setting for yourself is attainable within a certain timeframe. Then, you will surely be able to see the progress you are making.

3. A great way to track your progress is to use a training log. After every session, it is important to note what you did in the training log so that you can improve yourself. It is very easy to hit a plateau and not realize it; the training log will help you to recognize this trend.

4. If it is possible, you can enlist help from a professional coach. The professional coach will be able to help you achieve what you want. Many ex-marathon runners have started to coach the next generation of runners.

Tips for New Runners

Invest in a proper pair of running shoes

This may seem obvious, but I cannot overstate how much trouble you can save yourself by taking 30 minutes to work with an associate at your local running store. They will review your running stride and many times record it so you can see the mechanics of your feet as you run. Who knew that some people’s feet naturally roll outward when the foot lands (Supination) and other’s roll inward (pronation). I certainly did not. After a few minutes with an experienced runner, they were able to recommend the appropriate type of shoe for my natural running stride. They were also able to help me decide on how much support I needed versus how much cushioning the shoe provided.

After being fitted with a proper shoe, the aches in my knees and lower legs (shins and calves) were greatly reduced.

Of all the tips for new runners, this is, without a doubt, the most valuable. If you are making a true lifestyle change then this is a non-negotiable tip.

Less is More

This may sound counter-intuitive, but I assure you that trying to do too much too fast will HURT! Running as with any other exercise requires periods of exertion and recovery in order for the body to adapt and become stronger. Well unlike other activities running requires longer periods of recovery. While sorting through the multitude of plans and advice available on the web as well as through trial and error, the 80/20 rule is the best place to start. 80 percent of all your running should be at a low or very low intensity. Best advice is if you plan on incorporating running into your life, build up your base and DO NOT OVERTRAIN.

Walking is perfectly fine

If you are just getting into or recently started running, then you already know that it takes a while to build up the endurance to run for more than a short distance. (When I started, I could not run a 1/4 of a mile). While you are building up that endurance there is absolutely nothing wrong with incorporating walking breaks into your training. In fact, it is one of the best ways to help build your endurance as a new runner. Provided the walking is at a brisk pace, your heart rate and breathing will be accelerated and therefore, your body will be actively improving its aerobic conditioning. I am not sure where I first heard it, but it rings very true;

“You go just as far running a 5-minute mile as you do running a 15-minute mile.”- Unknown

Improve The Playoff System In College Football

1) Each of the conference winners in the power five conference would be granted an automatic bid in the playoff.

2) At least one member of a group of five conference must be given an automatic bid which can be determined by the playoff committee.

3) The remaining two bids would be at-large bids which can be given to any team, including Notre Dame. These two bids would also be determined by the playoff committee.

4) The playoff committee will decide seeding from one to eight. The top four seeds would host the first round game at their site and then the normal format of neutral venues in the current playoff system would apply from the semifinal round onward.

5) The lowest seed remaining would face the highest seed remaining in one game in the semifinal round with the other two seeds facing off in the other round.